KANSAS CITY, Mo - Brittney Carter of Faulkner (Ala.) has been named the NAIA National Division I Women's Basketball Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Carter was selected based on her performances from Feb. 18 - 24 and was chosen out of a pool of conference/unaffiliated group winners.
Carter, a senior forward, averaged 26.0 points, 15.5 rebounds, two steals, 1.5 blocks and one assist in Faulkner's home wins against Spring Hill (Ala.) on Feb. 21 and Belhaven (Miss.) on Feb. 23. She shot 61.6 percent (22-of-36) from the floor and 72.7 percent (8-of-11) from the free throw line.
Against Spring Hill, the Montgomery, Ala., native tallied a career-high 36 points on 15-of-24 shooting to lead the Eagles to an 86-64 victory. She added 15 rebounds, two blocks and three steals in the winning effort, as Faulkner earned its first-ever berth in the Division I Women's Basketball National Championship with a first-place finish in the Southern States Athletic Conference West Division. She followed that performance with her 23rd double-double - 16 points and 16 rebounds - in the regular-season finale against Belhaven.
Carter ranks in the top 10 nationally in rebounds per game (12.8), total rebounds (385), defensive rebounds per game (8.4), field goal percentage (0.590), offensive rebounds per game (4.4) and total scoring (512). Her 23 double-doubles is second in the NAIA.
For a complete list of all the national statistical leaders, click here.
The final Player of the Week announcement will be on March 5. For the complete Player of the Week calendar, click here.
Nominees: Sharde Henry, LSU Shreveport (La.); Jerricka Scott, Philander Smith (Ark.); Aduago Osuala, Peru State (Neb.); Alecia Wilson, Montana Western; Kourtney Tyra, Georgetown (Ky.); Heather English, Columbia (Mo.); Courtney Sturdivant, West Virginia Tech; Kayla MacKenzie, Oklahoma City; Ashley Tate, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.); Adijat Adams, Biola (Calif.).
2013 Division I Women's Basketball Players of the Week
Week 1 (Jan. 8): Amber Arceneaux-Francis, St. Thomas (Texas)
Week 2 (Jan. 15): Kourtney Tyra, Georgetown (Ky.)
Week 3 (Jan. 22): Tugce Canitez, Westmont (Calif.)
Week 4 (Jan. 29): Arnissa Galloway, Southern Poly (Ga.)
Week 5 (Feb. 5): Tugce Canitez, Westmont (Calif.)
Week 6 (Feb. 12): Tugce Canitez, Westmont (Calif.)
Week 7 (Feb. 19): Jenna Adams, Lee (Tenn.)
Week 8 (Feb. 26): Brittany Carter, Faulkner (Ala.)